BBC nabs NRK’s ‘Lilyhammer’

Stevie Van Zandt starrer bowed on Netflix in U.S.

LONDON — The BBC has nabbed another Scandinavian drama skein — Norwegian pubcaster NRK’s breakout hit “Lilyhammer,” which bowed in the U.S. on Netflix.

The eight-parter stars Stevie Van Zandt as New York mobster Frank ‘The Fixer’ Tagliano who moves to Norway as part of a witness relocation scheme.

In Blighty, “Lilyhammer” will air on upscale web BBC4, whose signature shows include Danish dramas “The Killing” and “Borgen,” both made by Danish pubcaster DR.

Henrik Pabst, director of international format acquisition and regional sales director Scandinavia, Benelux, U.K., at distributor SevenOne International, said: “Wow! What a series. First the sale to Netflix and the outstanding launch in Norway — scoring an all-time high for a Norwegian drama series — and now to top it all off it will be airing on the BBC.”

“Lilyhammer” bowed on NHK last month drawing 998,000 viewers, an audience share of 56%.

BBC acquisitions topper Sue Deeks described the skein as “fresh, funny and offbeat.”

“Lilyhammer” is produced by Norwegian shingle Rubicon in association with SevenOne International.

Last week the BBC announced it had bought the second series of “Borgen.”